Life has begun again and our travel plans are back on! If your summer or fall plans include road tripping, adventuring, and exploring Canada, then Nova Scotia should definitely be on your bucket list this year.

Nova Scotia has it all- for country lovers and city slickers. We’re rounding up why Nova Scotia is the place to go if you’re looking to explore waterfalls, caves, history, open roads and escape to reconnect with yourself. Or, if you want to party, dine, shop, and meet new people.

Keep reading to find out how to explore Nova Scotia! 

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Image Credit: LA Have Cabin

First up: Where should you sleep

LaHave Cabin

This is a top pick! LaHave cabin is located in LaHave Nova Scotia just a short, and beautiful, 1-hour drive outside the city of Halifax. It has it all as a modern oceanfront cabin inspired by Scandinavian architecture. It’s simply stunning inside and out!

LaHave cabin is nestled on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and offers unobstructed views for miles. The cabin is located within minutes of some of the best beaches, Crescent Beach being just one of them. The UNESCO town of Lunenburg is also a short ferry ride away. 

Relax, Recharge & Rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul on a whole other level while you lie in the hammock and listen to the waves rolling in.

This cabin is everything you could dream of and more! 

The transition between the indoor & outdoor space is seamless, with big beautiful sliding glass doors joining the two spaces. You can BBQ or jump in your own wood-fired Hot Tub and enjoy breath-taking views of the islands and Gaff Point thanks to these included amenities.

The hosts, Mike and Mar, are simply wonderful. This is truly a piece of paradise, a slice of heaven on earth, and will not disappoint. 

Check them out on Instagram & book your next getaway. 

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Or through Airbnb – The LaHave Cabin 

If city lights are more your vibe, Muire Halifax is situated in the center of downtown in the new Queens Marque district. It’s surrounded by shopping, restaurants, and gorgeous history, which this Bespoke Hotel won’t disappoint.

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Image Credit: The Bicycle Thief

Up next – Where should you eat in the city of Halifax?

The Bicycle Thief  

The Bicycle Thief is a top choice when it comes to dining. This is because the combination of views, food, service, vibe, atmosphere, and location are all so beautiful. 

Located on trendy Lower Water Street in Halifax, this popular area is surrounded by all the best places to dine and party that Halifax has to offer. The Bicycle Thief has an incredible atmosphere and the most amazing food. Enjoy lunch while watching live entertainment as the boats pass by, or have dinner on their patio while watching the sun go down. One of the many things that set this restaurant apart from any other is the stunning view of the waterfront. It also features award-winning traditional recipes; from handmade pasta, to the freshest local seafood in the city. After your meal you have to try their famous butterscotch caramel cake, Wow; that is all we have to say!

This spot has become a go-to destination for both locals and visitors from around the world. With their relaxed, come-as-you-are feel, and atmosphere that blends Old School style with New School attitude, it’s a go-to for everyone. Guests often feel as though they are family enjoying a unique, one-of-a-kind culinary experience.

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Image Credit: The Yacht Club

Then just a short walk down the street you will find The Yacht Club, one of Halifax’s newest restaurants, which turns into a nightclub. This place is lit! From the young owners to the vibe they’ve created, it’s the perfect place for people to come together, socialize, meet new people, and have an amazing time. They have a great lunchtime crowd to unwind, or you can pick things up and party into the evening; from weeknights to weekends. They also feature a huge variety of the best local beers, ciders, and spirits from Halifax Distilling, and JD Shore products.

Another great spot to hit in Halifax, to dine & party; is Argyle Street. Closed to traffic, allowing people to stroll through hundreds of cafes, bistros, restaurants, clubs, & bars; there is a place for everyone, & every kind of food or drink you can imagine.

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Image Credit: House of Moda (Owner Ozlem Manness (Oz)

Now that you are rested, and our bellies are full….Where should you shop?

House of Moda

This beautiful trendy boutique is something you don’t want to miss when visiting Halifax. From the clothes to the jewels, and the vibes, it’s incredible. Designed by the owner Ozlem Manness herself, it’s inspired by Beverly Hills, New York, and Miami. 

Ozlem Manness, (Oz) was born & raised in Istanbul Turkey. This fashionista is a powerhouse in the fashion industry. She appeared on ETalk, was featured in US Weekly, Lou Lou Magazine, Toronto Star, and Chronicle Herald, and is making waves in the fashion world. She is adding so much joy to people’s lives with her special, trendy, unique, and gorgeous designs. As a result, she combines culture, art, uniqueness, individuality, fun and glamour into one amazing boutique. 

The shop is best known for the owner’s jewelry which includes sterling silver 925, and 18K Gold Vermeil, handmade in Turkey- and also designed by Oz herself. Choose from multiple styles of chains, hoops, charms, rings, and bracelets, to gorgeous crystal and beaded statement pieces- which have even been worn by Beyoncé herself! 

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Image Credit: House of Moda

All pieces are handmade and truly stunning. The seasonal unique, high-quality capsule apparel collection that can only be found at House of Moda includes kimonos, boyfriend t-shirts & more. Moda is also the only store in Canada that carries two European designers Ace Nayman, and 2Wins.

Plus, if you can’t make it into the store, you can shop all the jewels and fashions online from the comfort of home. Girls, this is your one-stop shop for all of your shopping desires!

Find House of Moda at 5431 Spring Garden Road Unit 201 Halifax NS.

Follow them on Instagram @ House of Moda



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Image Credit: Visit Cape Breton Island Instagram Page (Cabot Trail)

Finally, where should you explore and adventure?

The Cabot Trail 

If the open road is calling, it’s time to answer. Cruise your way along our coast on one of the world’s most famous drives. 

The 298-kilometer-long Cabot Trail is a winding mix of roadway, paths, waterfalls, stairs, and stunning beauty that takes you from unreal ocean vistas to quaint fishing villages. The Cabot Trail loops in two directions, starting from Canso Causeway if traveling from Halifax. 

If you’ve got a few days, plan several of them to experience the journey of a lifetime along one of the world’s most scenic drives. You can enjoy some of the world’s best fresh local seafood, ancient coastlines, land-loving activities, and seafaring adventures.

Carved by waves and gorgeous colours on the most breathtaking landscape. Whether it’s summer, or fall; the views won’t disappoint. If outdoor adventures, unique resorts, music & arts, history, coastal adventures, culinary activities, golfing, and live music; just to name a few are some of the things you enjoy then start packing. This detailed guide will tell you everything you need to know & all the gems you don’t want to miss on your trip.

Published by HOLR Magazine.